As America’s only island state, Hawaii is marked with a lush landscape, a mild climate and many animal species that are entirely unique to the islands. Hawaii consists of eight major islands that were formed by volcanic activity centuries ago. For many years, Hawaii was the home of profitable sugar and pineapple exports; today, the island’s economy relies on a steady influx of tourists. Beyond the state’s natural attractions, Hawaii is also home to cultural experiences, including musical festivals, art shows and much more.
From the end of January through March, the community presents a number of events that honor the humpback whales that swim 3,000 miles every year as they migrate to the area for the winter. Here the whales stay, mate and birth their young. Guests have the chance to enjoy free lectures, special whale watching cruises, fun runs and other events that commemorate the massive mammals.
- work P.O. Box 8494 Honolulu, HI 96830 Map It in Honolulu, HI
This extravagant weekend May event not only celebrates the cultures and heritage of the islands, but also invites people from Alaska and as far away as Okinawa to share traditions with locals and visitors. Athletes, dancers, musicians and other artists demonstrate their talents and traditions through arts and crafts, food, music and live demonstrations. All people representing the Asia-Pacific region come to learn about and share each other's customs, history and traditions. The festivities also include a Grand Parade through Waikiki.
- Hana Ballpark Hana, HI 96713 in Hana, HI
Every April, for two days, the community gathers and commemorates the taro crop, considered one of the most important island foods. Guests in attendance have the chance to enjoy a traditional taro pancake breakfast followed by various activities that include art exhibits, farmer's markets, food booths and cuisine demonstrations. Learn the art of Poi making, sit in on a lecture and enjoy the music and dancing provided at multiple Hana locations.